Lund, Halvorson lead Magi past Jamestown
Braydon Lund was hard to push around on Friday night.
The Minot High sophomore notched 18 points and 13 rebounds, finishing as one of five in double figures in the fourth-ranked Magicians’ 80-61 West Region win over Jamestown at the JHS gym.
“He just dominated the glass,” Minot coach Dean Winczewski said. “Braydon was big. Our inside kids played very well.”
Minot (9-2 overall, 6-2 region) had 23 second-chance points, with plenty coming from Lund. Jamestown got within two points midway through the second half, but nine points from Lund in the final 7:29 widened the gap from seven to 19.
“They put him in a position where he can hang out at the basket and be athletic,” Jamestown coach Kelley Kessler said. “He does a really good job of it. If you have to go help on penetration, you leave him alone as a rebounder, and that’s a tough gig.”
Speedy guard Dakota Halvorson had a team-high 19 points for the Magicians, who actually shot worse than Jamestown at 43 percent (28-of-64). However a 19-of-27 effort from the free-throw line paid huge dividends. Jamestown (3-7, 2-5) was 8-of-19 from the charity stripe and 25-of-54 for 46 percent from the floor.
Still, Kessler said it came down to empty possessions late in the second half.
“We’re still at a point where we play well for a while, and then we have a few empty possessions and give up baskets,” Kessler said. “(The lead) extends in a hurry.”
Minot used a 10-1 run over a four-minute span in the second half that built a 69-53 lead with more than four minutes remaining. Nick Soltis came off the bench for the Magi and drilled a pair of 3-pointers during the final six minutes. He ended with 10, while Colter Hustad and Noah Bosh each tallied 11.
Winczewski said bad play reared its head often, but the good plays made the difference.
“We’ve got a team with a lot of learning to do, but we continually get better,” Winczewski said. “We had some (bad turnovers), but they still have to go down to the other end and make some plays. That’s one thing about Kelley’s teams – they play very hard. If you’re not sharp, they’re gonna take advantage of it, and they did for a stretch.”
The run was ended by a 3-pointer off the right wing from Jamestown’s Scott Nelson. The damage had been done, though, sending Minot to its eighth win in the last nine games.
Jamestown had three in double figures, led by Noah Wanzek’s 19 points. Logan Anderson finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Nick Fuchs had 11 for the Jays, who lost their fourth straight.
Minot hosts No. 2 St. Mary’s on Tuesday